Russian module mishap destabilises International Space Station

The ISS was pushed out of position after engines on a new Russian module unexpectedly fired up.

July 30, 2021 ~3 min

Light from a black hole’s far side proves Einstein right

Researchers have detected, for the first time, light from the back side of a black hole. The finding fulfills a prediction from Einstein's work.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
July 29, 2021 ~7 min

Delayed Russian Nauka module joins space station

It was scheduled to launch in 2007, but the 13m-long, 20-tonne laboratory is finally in position.

July 29, 2021 ~3 min

Life in space: Preparing for an increasingly tangible reality

The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.

Sarah Beckmann | MIT Media Lab • mit
July 28, 2021 ~10 min

Astronomers show how planets form in binary systems without getting crushed

Astronomers have developed the most realistic model to date of planet formation in binary star systems.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 27, 2021 ~6 min

Bezos' $2bn offer to get back in race to the Moon

The billionaire offers to pay $2bn in Nasa costs to be reconsidered for a key Moon lander contract.

July 26, 2021 ~4 min

Team ignites ‘cool flames’ in microgravity of space

Experiments in microgravity aboard the International Space Station have allowed researchers to observe "cool flames" that can't be created on Earth.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
July 26, 2021 ~4 min

Why does gravity pull us down and not up?

Gravity is something every person on Earth intuitively understands: It is what keeps you on the ground. But how come gravity pulls down, rather than pushes up? Einstein came up with the answer.

Mario Borunda, Associate Professor of Physics, Oklahoma State University • conversation
July 26, 2021 ~5 min

Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson not yet astronauts, US says

The US government has tightened rules on which space-goers can claim their astronaut wings.

July 23, 2021 ~3 min

Russia sends long-delayed module to space station

The 13m-long, 20-tonne Nauka laboratory is finally going into orbit after a delay of 14 years.

July 21, 2021 ~3 min